Sometimes Lightning Strikes 5 Times!

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
The Planes of Fame 2013 Air Show in Chino, California was  a special one this year. 5 Lockheed P-38 Lightning  aircraft from the World War Two period flew together at the show. There are only 7 P-38’s flying in the world today (6 in the USA and 1 in Europe – unfortunately…

The USS Midway (CV-41) in San Diego

The USS Midway (CV-41) is a former US Navy aircraft carrier that served from 1945 to 1991. Today she sits at the San Diego waterfront as a museum (opened in 2004) in tribute to the US Navy servicemen and women who served on aircraft carriers either as sailors, pilots, air crew or marines. The USS…

Space Shuttle Endeavour – California Science Centre

I arrived back in Los Angeles yesterday for the first time since September 2012 and just had to head back out to the California Science Centre to see the new and impressive addition to their air and space exhibits –  Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle OV-105). Endeavour was first launched in 1992 and completed her last space flight in May 2011. Interestingly…

The long lost Lusty Lady of Seattle

I first visited Seattle in the summer of 2009. It is a city that is dominated by the world leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing and one thing that highly amused me during my first visit there was walking past a “gentleman’s” club “The Lusty Lady“. The sign made me laugh then and still does today!  “The Lusty Lady” is long…

National Air Races – Reno Nevada

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In September 2012 I went to one of the top aerial events of the world, the 49th annual Reno Air Races (a 5 day event) just outside Reno, Nevada USA. The races really are a fantastic event and they have it all from high-speed racing aircraft and warbirds to aerobatic aircraft and military jets. The week leading up…

California Science Centre

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The California Science Centre is a great place to visit when in Los Angeles and admission is free (except for special exhibitions). Besides scientific and environmental exhibits you can see some fantastic air and space displays including one of a kind prototype aircraft and historic spacecraft. The aircraft displays are both outside and inside…

California Science Centre – From the Sea to the Skies

The California Science Centre is a great place to visit when in Los Angeles and admission is free (except for special exhibitions). You can see exhibits on scientific achievements from inventions to air and space technology); discover the world of life and how people, animals and plants survive; then delve into the ecosystems of the world. The latter is…

The Dragonlady

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Once upon a time there was a Dragonlady who could fly very, very high, but she found it incredibly difficult to land safely…… Luckily her trusty Pontiac G8 was there to help her come back down to earth safe and sound every time. The Dragonlady and a Pontiac G8 – California Capital Air…

The Great Reno Balloon Race 2012

The Great Reno Balloon Race is a three-day event in Reno, Nevada that is held each September. By coincidence I just happened to be in town on the first day of the 2012 races. At dawn 87 hot air balloons lifted from the Rancho San Rafael Park in a mass ascension to launch the event. The first balloon…

Reno, Nevada “The Biggest Little City in the World”

“The Biggest Little City in the World” according to the big flashing archway in the middle of downtown Reno! Basically Reno in Northern Nevada is a smaller higher altitude version of Las Vegas. Reno has a number of flashy casino’s and some less so to cater for everyone who wants to spend their hard earned cash! There are…

A busy day at Lake Union

Seattle is a city with plenty of water surrounding it and one popular place is Lake Union. The following are some snapshots from an afternoon I spent wandering around there a little while ago. They give you an idea on how busy the lake gets on a sunny weekend! From boats and kayaks; to floatplanes and a…